Music Department

Chris Vance

Chris Vance
Applied Faculty - Electric Guitar - Pop & Rock, Pop & Rock Ensemble Director

Chris is equally versed in many realms of Music.  He has been the featured soloist on some of the most demanding classical repertoire and has served as Principal Bass of the Bermuda Symphony as well as the Buffalo Opera Company Orchestra.  His current projects include guitar work in The Killerwatt Hours, bass work in The Syncopated Sin Swing Band, Third Stream, a duo with Bobby Ferrazza as well as various pick-up gigs.  He has served as a substitute player for The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Akron Symphony, The Erie Symphony as well as local groups 15 60 75 (The Numbers Band), Blue Lunch & Steev Inglish (aka "Mr. Downchild") and national acts Michael Civisca, Mark Gridley, and Abdou Mboup (Paul Simon, Jean Luc-Ponty) just to name a few.  Mr. Vance has recently played with Mike Clark & Jeff Berlin, filled in with Bobby Rydell ('Volare'), and has led a trio that opened for Joey DeFrancesco.  He is featured on recordings by Kassaba & The Syncopated Sin Swing Band.  In addition to his adjunct position at CSU, Chris also owns his own lesson studio (Vance Music Studios) and is an adjunct professor of music at Cuyahoga Community College.

Mr. Vance holds a Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory - S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo.  Primary double bass studies with Scott Haigh (Associate Principal Double Bass the Cleveland Orchestra), Roger Macchiaroli (Former Assistant Principal Double Bass- Buffalo Philharmonic), and Lawrence Angell (Former Principal Double Bass the Cleveland Orchestra).  Further orchestral studies with principal players of major orchestras including Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and New York; and Double Bass Professors at major music schools including Juilliard, Indiana University, Illinois University, The Hart School, Michigan State and The University of North Texas.  Jazz Bass studies with Mike Moser (buffalo-based guitarist), Paul Fergusson (The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra), Mark Dresser, John Lindberg, and Peter Dominguez (jazz bass professor; Oberlin School of Music).  Guitar studies with Mike Moser, Bob Fraser and John Stebal Jr.  Music theory studies with Dr. Charles Smith.